Oops! It appears that you have disabled your Javascript. In order for you to see this page as it is meant to appear, we ask that you please re-enable your Javascript!


About this time each year, I start getting antsy over all the new fall stuff right down to the nail polish!  I think fall and winter are when I keep my nails polished most because I love the colors!  During the summer I’m usually really busy and don’t have time to go to a nail salon plus I’m pretty boring when it comes to color and usually only pick white, neutral tans, and sometimes light pinks.  I guess you could say I’m not a “Cajun Shrimp” kinda gal… but it’s ok to each her own right?!

Ok, so I’m happy to put my two cents into this nail polish haul listing my current and past favorite fall colors I like to use and I would love to hear yours in the comments below!  I’m also talking a little about nail care like how to repair and strengthen your nails, and the best cuticle care I’ve found on the market but first things first!  I’ve categorized them by color and they are all OPI brand (This is not a sponsored post, I just really like the colors they have come out with over the years).  I’ve linked them by name below for your convenience.





All of these will be on rotation in the next few months!!!!! *Here’s a quick tip- when it comes to painting my fingernails and my toenails I will sometimes do a variation like a light grey on my hands and dark grey on my feet.  I often do this for pinks and taupes too!

Next up, how to strengthen your nails!  I used to do gel and the dip powder but found it hard to keep up with and it always ruined my nails when I got tired of it.  I swore them off the last time I did it because my nails were so thin and flaky and also I must have damaged my middle finger somehow because it kept splitting right in the middle of my nail.  I was determined to get them back so I asked my aunt who is a retired nurse what I should do about it and she gave me the best advice!  She said to use Sally Hansen’s “Hard as Nails” clear polish.  I picked some up and started using it right away and it worked!  With a little patience and diligence, I was finally able to build my nail beds back up.  

Some of you may be wondering why I asked my aunt (the retired nurse) what to do about this.  Nurse’s can’t even wear nail polish…  Well, here is something personal about me.  My Aunt Sandy is my godmother and she is full of knowledge!  Anytime I need to ask a health question, I go to her!  Also, when she had breast cancer and beat it, she lost her hair and nails from the treatments.  It was awful, so you can only imagine that when they finally started to grow back they were extremely thin and probably painful.  I’m so thankful for her and her advice, she is truly an amazing woman!

Ok, that’s enough of that, now onto the cuticle care.  Let me just say that I have extremely dry hands.  I have a bit of OCD and tend to wash my hands several times a day.  Due to this, my cuticles get hard and it makes me want to pick at them which only makes it worse.  While I use hand cream, I’ve found a vitamin-E infused oil that is amazing and it’s by NCLA, you can find it here.  The first time I applied it overnight and the next day my cuticles were in way better shape.  Try it out, your cuticles will thank me!


I hope you enjoyed this post and like I said earlier, please feel free to share your favorite fall nail colors in the comments below!

Cheers-  Ashley Nicole




Leave a Comment

FOLLOW ALONG @thecottageboundblog

  • Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been so disconnected... I’ve been healing and I apologize that I’ve not been as lively over here, but I’ve been dealing with my own dilemmas. I’ve had two accounts of death from cancer just recently. One I kind of set myself up for because I knew there was no cure and another that was totally unexpected... it’s been a rough ride, but I’m still here and I’m happy and thankful that I can be there for others during these hard times. If you are dealing with anything like this feel free to reach out to me. I would love to help support you and always sending love and light your way! .
#cancersucks #hardtimes #gettingthroughit #loveandlight
  • Summers can be really brutal on your hair! That’s why today on my stories/ beauty highlights I’ll be sharing a super easy heat-free faux crown braid hair tutorial that only takes a few minutes to do. This hairstyle is perfect for the beach or a date night out on the town. 
Plus I’ll be sharing my secret to getting that extra thick looking braid with @barefootblondehair classic hair extensions. 
#bfbpartner #bfbhair
  • Taco bout' a party!  It's Taco Tuesday 🌮 in our household tonight and dinner has never been easier thanks to @greenchef for organic ingredients and recipes delivered straight to our door!  Be sure to head to my stories to see the whole experience from delivery to table and receive $75 off your first order with Green Chef or click the link in my bio if you're in a hurry! Adios mi amigos, I've got a taco with my name on it! 😊 #greenchefpartner #mygreenchef
  • Here is some advice for all my SINGLE LADIES out there! 
Earlier today, I had a discussion with some younger co-workers of mine and I feel like you may relate and probably need to be told this so keep reading! One of the girls stated that she’s never had a good relationship and wanted to meet a nice guy. 
Another girl made a remark about the kind of guys she dated when she was her age and then asked me what kind of relationships I had when I was the other girl’s age and I told them the truth. I dated a very nice guy for 4 1/2 years when I was her age. At one point, I honestly thought that we would marry someday, but I was so young/still trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted my adult life to be like. Eventually we didn’t agree on the same things and grew apart. It ended well and I wish him well. Later after I had a few relationships, that also did not last and it was all for good reason. I feel like I was able to learn something from my past relationships that allowed me to be ready when I was meant to meet my husband which I have been married to for 10 years now. So the next time you look back at those past relationships and you’re looking for a nice guy, just know you’re one relationship closer to meeting the one and when you do you will know it and you will be ready for it! Just know your worth and never lower your standards because you feel like you have to to make it work. Always stay true to yourself because if you’re not, it will not be you they have fallen in love with. Like @arianagrande sings...Thank you, NEXT! 
#realtalk💯 #relationshipadvice 
  • ‘‘Tis the Sea-Sun! I’m shellin’ out all the dainty details that I’ve been layering with lately including this cowrie shell necklace and vintage shell bangle, and a few other shell favorites over on LIKEtoKNOW.it app! 
Click the link in my bio named “LIKEtoKNOW.it” to shop all of my looks or screenshot this pic and head to the LIKEtoKNOW.it app! 
@liketoknow.it #liketoknowit #ltkunder100 #ltkunder50 #ltkstyletip #cowrieshelljewelry
  • Happy 4th to ya! Looking forward to fireworks and festivities today in this little chambray number by @lovestitchclothing 🎇 Stay safe friends! ❤️🇺🇸😊 #letfreedomring #4thofjuly #fourthofjuly #fourthofjulyoutfit #mylovestitch #lovestitch
  • Looking forward to the extra long weekend and packing all the heat aka my @pursen bags to keep me organized! What are your weekend plans? 
#pursen #longweekends #packinghacks #summerstyle
  • Lately, I’ve been reading a ton of wellness articles about the benefits of collagen powder and how women in their 30’s produce less collagen naturally which can start to effect your skin and so on. Ever since I read that. Ive been wanting to give it a try... The one I chose to put to the test is called Gym and Tonic and it’s a collagen protein powder by @tonicproducts 
I started adding 2 scoops into my blueberry banana smoothies in the mornings which has been so great because I’m guilty of never eating breakfast unless it’s brunch or brinner and I’m always rushing to get out the door and to work on time! 
Not only is it free of soy, dairy, gluten, and artificial hormones, but you can also rest assured that their ingredients have all been responsibly sourced. And here’s the bonus, it contains 18 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own which combined will help with hair, skin, nail growth, joint pain, and good gut health! Winning!

So glad I finally tried it, and I will def be adding it into my daily routine. 
P.S. I’ve shared a Mango Smoothie Pop recipe in my stories/highlights that this would be perfect in x beating the summer heat with a sweet treat! 😉
#livetonic #tonicproducts #gifted #joinstatus

Follow Me!